I put together this list of best toys for 1 year olds based on what helped our son to develop his fine motor skills and problem solving skills.
When you come home from the hospital with your brand new baby you usually have all the necessary items to take care of your baby. Then something happens. At about 5-7 months they start crawling. This quickly moves into walking, and before you know it your newborn is a year old and you have no idea what toys are appropriate for them. Today you are going to find out. I’ve put together a list of the best toys for a one year old.
Since every child grows at different paces and develops differently these toys are actually suitable for kids from about 6 months through a year and half or two years. It all depends on where your child is in their development process.
Remember, you can always purchase toys sooner than necessary and introduce them to your child a couple of times until they are ready for it. We did that with our son and it really helped to give him new and exciting toys to play with.
All these toys are geared towards helping your child recognize patterns, colors, numbers, letters, and help them with their motor skills. Some of these toys will also help your child to build on their problem solving skills as well.
Let’s dive right in shall we?
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Best Toys For A One Year Old
Stacking cups are a fantastic toy that can be used for several years. My son is three and will use his old stacking cups as props for play time. I used the cups to help identify colors. He liked building towers with them.
Speaking of towers, my son loves his mega bloks. We purchased them for him when he was about 9 months old. He’s been building towers, identifying colors, and playing with them ever since. He still loves playing with his blocks at 3 years old.
While it might not seem like a great educational toy cars are fantastic to build imaginative play and build motor skills. Using the car you can teach your child about car sounds, rolling, and pushing. These things are extremely important to the development of your child.
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I’m sure you remember you had something similar to this when you were a kid. There are certain toys that are still some of the best toys for development. The block sorter set is a great way to teach your child about shapes and colors while also helping them to learn to match shapes.
Lucas loved this little car driver toy. He liked the turning, clicking, and sounds that the toy made. He even liked mimicking what sounds were made too. This is a great toy but beware of over stimulation due to the different noises and lights.
This is another toy straight out of your own childhood, but again it’s fantastic for development skills. Not only can your child learn about colors and stacking, but this toy helps them to learn about sizes.
Lucas got this train for his 1st birthday from his grandma. It was super educational, helped him to be mobile and provided hours of entertainment. He really enjoyed pushing his train and playing with the accompanying blocks that teach letters and sounds.
Lucas was always extremely interested in our bright and shiny cell phones. So when we got him is own he was super excited. This phone went through a beating though and worked well for about 1 year and a half. He enjoyed playing with it and pressing the screen for new sounds.
This was one of the first toys that was ever given to Lucas. He loved this toy and played with it for about 2 years. He learned about shapes and sounds while keeping him occupied. We finally had to give it away when he started using it as a step stool to climb onto furniture he wasn’t supposed to be on.
Lucas really enjoyed playing with this toy because it would sing and teach about different colors. He even liked it when I would play with it with him. It helped him learn a bit about joint play and sharing.
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We are a gamer household. While we don’t game as much these days Lucas loves to feel included when we play games together. This toy controller helped him to feel included while also teaching him and boosting his fine motor skills.
Using Toys For 1 Year Old Development
Baby’s, infants, and toddlers all learn better through play. Toys that are purely educational are great but your baby needs more than just educational. They need to build their fine motor skills, their imagination, and even have physical play.
So teach your baby to scootch and crawl by placing a toy just out of reach. Help them learn to sit on their own by sitting behind them and playing. Teach them soft, hard, or how to pretend they are talking on the phone. These are all things that your child will need to know.
Which toys are you most interested in? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite kids toys boards.